Computer systems and know-how are advancing at an ever-increasing tempo. What was new a 12 months in the past is now outdated, and the futuristic improvements to come back actually do not appear all that far off. Tablets and smartphones introduced contact interactivity to the lots, however now wearable, voice-activated know-how is pushing the bounds of what we will do with a machine, each when it comes to computing energy and dimension. If you have not but heard of Google Glass, put together to rethink what you suppose a pc is, and put together to be amazed at what this newest innovation can do.
What’s Google Glass?
Google Glass is a pc that you just put on like eyeglasses. Like a smartphone or pill, it could actually join you to absolutely anything and anybody. Nonetheless, in contrast to iOS or Android know-how, Google Glass gives hands-free, voice-activated interactivity. For those who’re bothered by individuals at all times wanting down at their cellular units, or when you’ve discovered your self wanting to make use of your cellular gadget however needing to look elsewhere, Google Glass solves this drawback by placing a pc show proper the place your eye is. It sounds extremely futuristic and unimaginable, however it’s true: with Google Glass, your display is wherever you look, permitting customers to work together with their laptop and the world round them on the similar time.
What sorts of issues might be accomplished with this laptop know-how?
With the easy audio sign of, “OK Glass” adopted by a primary command, you possibly can basically have Google Glass do something you’ll have your smartphone or pill do. You may ship and obtain messages, in fact, however you may as well ask Glass to take a photograph or file a video, lookup info, stay video chat with anybody else who has a cellular gadget (and a Google account, naturally), translate your voice, get turn-by-turn instructions, and rather more. The know-how remains to be pretty new, so it is a protected guess to say that as extra customers and programmers get their arms on it, extra options shall be developed.
Is that this the way forward for computer systems and know-how?
It is at all times laborious to foretell the long run. Nonetheless, it’s in all probability protected to say that there shall be a marketplace for wearable computer systems like Google Glass within the coming years. For one factor, it solves the issue of everybody at all times wanting down and interacting with a smartphone or pill; eye contact has grow to be scarce in recent times due to our dependence on our units. Utilizing a machine like Google Glass permits for pure interplay with different individuals. Additionally, wearable know-how like Glass is small and light-weight, which appears to be the pattern in how our interactive units are bettering: thinner, extra transportable, much less boxy. One other factor to contemplate is that all through current historical past, when individuals have imagined the way forward for computer systems, they’ve typically imagined a voice-controlled machine responding to our instructions. That is precisely what Google Glass does: the consumer tells it to do one thing, and it responds accordingly. It is not a robotic companion, per se, however the voice activation looks like a pure evolution of know-how like Apple’s Siri for iOS. For these causes and extra, it is a good guess that increasingly individuals shall be utilizing wearable laptop units like Google Glass within the coming years.
Is that this know-how obtainable to the common individual?
Effectively, sure and no. At present, with the intention to get your arms on Google Glass, you must justify to the corporate why you’re worthy. Referred to as the Glass Explorers program, Google’s intention is to get their product, which remains to be technically in a beta model, into the arms of people that will use it in transformative, artistic, and influential means that many different individuals will see. Up to now, Glass has been provided to academics, athletes, scientists, and others. Just lately, Google has prolonged a wave of further invites to extra individuals, however it’s not for a free gadget. The present value is $1500 – definitely cheap for a robust machine, however nonetheless costly, and positively greater than the common smartphone or pill. As with most know-how, although, it’s anticipated that throughout the subsequent few years, Google Glass will grow to be extra reasonably priced, permitting extra individuals to personal one in all their very own.
Expertise like Google Glass is exceptional. It permits us to mirror on how far our computer systems have superior in recent times and the way it’s turning into nearer to our childhood goals of a Jetsons-like future. In current weeks, Google has upgraded their prototype, and now Glass has extra choices: it’s obtainable in a number of colours, and with a fast modification, it could actually work with sun shades and prescription eyeglasses. The gadget’s sturdiness has additionally been improved; in contrast to a pair of store-bought glasses, Google Glass doesn’t break or warp simply. For those who get the chance to attempt on Google Glass for your self, take it. You will be amazed at how a lot you are able to do with a tool that’s nearly totally hands-free.